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The Handmade Shirt by Mercer & Sons

The Handmade Shirt by Mercer & Sons

Editor’s note: I am admittedly biased about this product. I once walked into a Brooks Brothers store wearing a Mercer & Sons rolled-collar, red-and-black tattersall, and was immediately greeted by a wide-eyed salesperson whose first words to me were: “Nice shirt!” Its geography may have changed many time during the past 30 years, but there’s [...]

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In Venice, to Dredge or not to Dredge?

In Venice, to Dredge or not to Dredge?

Mystery and intrigue may be synonymous with the city of Venice, but the latest imbroglio between politicians and preservationists there seems a little more ham-handed. “Why have you banned this photo exhibit,” tweeted Venetophile and publisher JoAnn Locktov to Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of Venice, on August 14. “Are you so scared of the truth?” “Yes, [...]

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Ernest Hemingway between Two Wars

Ernest Hemingway between Two Wars

It’s no less than the documentation of the evolution of one of America’s finest writers. Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars opens Sept. 25 at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. It’s the first-ever major museum exhibition of his work, and promises a thorough examination of how the author honed his craft and brought emotional life to [...]

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Cottage Time in Carolina, Once More

Cottage Time in Carolina, Once More

Once again, A+A is enjoying its annual sojourn at its favorite beach on a barrier island off the coast of Carolina. Some years back, a friend asked for a few words on the nature of Cottage Time, so we happily obliged him. Today we remember him, knowing that though he’s no longer with us, the words he wanted endure. Pythagoras, when [...]

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Pop-Up Art in the Meatpacking District

Pop-Up Art in the Meatpacking District

LUMAS, the Berlin-based contemporary photography portfolio, will open a pop-up gallery in New York on Sept. 9. The new temporary space, located at 875 Washington Street, will feature works from more than 200 renowned artists around the world, in editions of 75 to 150. A+A recently interviewed Jan Seewald, head of communications, via email: Some background on [...]

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NYC Talk on ‘Drawing from Practice’

NYC Talk on ‘Drawing from Practice’

Save the Date! Mike Welton’s NYC Talk on “Drawing from Practice,” Sept. 17, 6:30 PM: Who: J. Michael Welton, Author What: Book Talk and Signing: “Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand,” 2015 (© Routledge Press,236 pages) Where: The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York 20 West [...]

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Southern California Icons, at Auction

Southern California Icons, at Auction

The Oct. 11 sale at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) promises to be a watershed of sorts. Sure, there’ll be works by Ed Ruscha, Karl Benjamin and Frederick Hammersley, among other contemporary California masters. It’s just that there will be a larger number of better works than usual. Instead of one or two stars aligning, it’ll [...]

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On Long Island, 115 Gardens of Eden

On Long Island, 115 Gardens of Eden

By the time that Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald moved into their rented house in Great Neck in 1922, the development of Long Island had been well-under way for three decades. And Robert MacKay’s new book, Gardens of Eden, chronicles it all. “It has to do with a new lifestyle where people live in the country and [...]

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A Baltimore Hotel by The Gettys Group

A Baltimore Hotel by The Gettys Group

The new Hotel RL in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has a pedigree of sorts. It was built in the financial district 1905 after a 1904 downtown fire destroyed 1,500 buildings. It’s across the street from the Louis Sullivan-designed Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. And at its front door is a War of 1812-era bomb and rack from Fort [...]

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Moscow’s Two New Hubs by 5+design

Moscow’s Two New Hubs by 5+design

A desire to decongest traffic in the center of Moscow has landed two plum assignments for Hollywood’s 5+design. They’re transportation hubs on the outskirts of the Russian city, 30 to 40 minutes away. One’s in Kotelniki and the other’s in Salaris. Both are inspired by their environment and an intent to bring the outside in. [...]

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